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An outstanding litigator who has devoted nearly 30 years of service to Keker & Van Nest, LLP, Jan Nielsen Little has dedicated her career to representing corporations and individuals with distinction. From her professional base in the San Francisco offices of Keker & Van Nest, Little serves as one of the firm’s partners. Her legal experience spans all practice areas related to white-collar criminal defense, including foreign corrupt practices, securities fraud, health care fraud, and public corruption. Throughout her career, she has successfully litigated cases for major corporate clients against public entities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the federal government, and the State of Arizona.Devoted to supporting the legal field through professional service, Jan Nielsen Little chairs the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel of the U.S. District Court. The national co-chair of the Complex Crimes Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. District Court Federal Practice Program, among many other national service commitments.A member of the State Bar of California, she is also admitted to practice by the District of Columbia Bar. Little is the recipient of numerous professional awards and has been listed annually in the Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 Women Lawyers in California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco since 2005. For five consecutive years, Chambers has named Little a Band 1 Lawyer for Government Investigations and White Collar Crime.Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, Little worked in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At the onset of her professional career, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Willliam W. Schwarzer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Little completed her legal education at Yale Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor in 1981. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

Work experience

Jan 1986Present


Keker & Van Nest


Sep 1978Jun 1981


Yale Law School


University of California